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    When I was restoring rims as a hobby, I went...

    When I was restoring rims as a hobby, I went through every available stripping product I could get my hands on, and found that for powder coat, the gasket remover stuff worked faster and stronger...
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    I was hoping you would chime in. Thanks for the...

    I was hoping you would chime in. Thanks for the info.
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    Yeah, that Biopace style chainring stuff is...

    Yeah, that Biopace style chainring stuff is constant controversy with everyone I talk to. You either love it or hate it. I haven't spent enough time riding them to care one way or another, so my...
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    The best thing I've ever used to remove...

    The best thing I've ever used to remove powdercoat was Permatex Gasket Remover. I used to restore vintage car rims as a hobby, and this stuff would eat off 20 year old powder coat better than any...
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    Oh I have no doubt, I've sold entry level Ross's...

    Oh I have no doubt, I've sold entry level Ross's for that much around here. I have about $100 into it with the tires and tubes, but I don't plan on selling it anyway, I was just curious.
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    Tell me about this Lotus Leger

    Scored yet another Lotus from the same thrift shop today that I got my Excelle from, $30. Could have got it for half price tomorrow but the extra $15 was worth making sure someone else didn't snatch...
  7. Geez. Where to begin. 1. I know what Harley...

    Geez. Where to begin.

    1. I know what Harley guys use, because I grew up around bikers and car guys and even a few over the road truckers who had loads of aftermarket aluminum and chrome parts on...
  8. No, I'm saying as a person who actually polishes...

    No, I'm saying as a person who actually polishes aluminum the right way, that there are right tools and wrong tools to use for actually polishing something, and steel wool is not for polishing, and...
  9. We're talking about two different things here....

    We're talking about two different things here. You can easily polish out scratches from those aluminum calipers. That's not so easy to do with chrome which is MUCH harder than aluminum. Once chrome...
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    If you mean are there bikes with pedal brakes,...

    If you mean are there bikes with pedal brakes, there are but they're usually lower end kids bikes. There used to be hubs like that used for flatland riding though.

    The rear only brake is standard...
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    Well, I grew up riding almost nothing but BMX, so...

    Well, I grew up riding almost nothing but BMX, so here's my input.

    1. Smaller wheels mean lower gyroscopic force, which is the force applied to spinning wheels. This is what helps you stay upright...
  12. Steel wool will scratch the chrome that isn't...

    Steel wool will scratch the chrome that isn't rusted. This may not be an issue for the head of a quick release that's already covered in rust, but for example if you were removing some weld rust on a...
  13. I'm not sure if you guys get into the restoration...

    I'm not sure if you guys get into the restoration stuff like some of our BMX cousins, but a lot of guys use oxalic acid or even vinegar baths that will clean the rust off of all of that, without...
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    Oh I totally get everything you're saying. I took...

    Oh I totally get everything you're saying. I took a brief interest in BMX racing, so I understand all too well how weight equates to performance. I'm also into drag racing, and weight applies the...
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    Interesting, this sub forum is

    I've been riding my entire life, since I was old enough to balance on a bicycle. However, I grew up riding BMX, not road bikes. I put in about 17 hard years riding, where riding was not only my...
  16. Thread: BMX pedals

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    "Regular", I'm not entirely sure what a regular...

    "Regular", I'm not entirely sure what a regular pedal would describe, since I would lean towards calling a "bmx pedal" a regular pedal, as opposed to the clip in road bike style. The main benefit of...
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    As mentioned you couldn't really go wrong with...

    As mentioned you couldn't really go wrong with either, but I'd have drove an hour to get that Nishiki. I have a soft spot for the brand, my first two decent road bikes were Nishiki Prestige's, and...
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    Yeah those are good points about the value of the...

    Yeah those are good points about the value of the dollar. Also 6 years is a long time especially in the '80s when things were progressing so quickly. Which do I like better? I'd have to say the...
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    Are you basing that off looks/preference or...

    Are you basing that off looks/preference or quality? I know the Voyageur was about $90 more in '81 than the Excelle was in '87, which says something since the Voyageur is 6 years older, but from what...
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    GAAAAAAAHHHH I was just taking some pics of it...

    GAAAAAAAHHHH I was just taking some pics of it leaning against a brick flower bed and the damn thing fell over and scratched the crap out of the fork and rear seat stay :(

    Sometimes I'd like to...
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    It really is a great color, they called it...

    It really is a great color, they called it Electric Blue, it's a cobalt looking color, a bit darker in person than in those pics.
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    Tell me about this Lotus Excelle

    I picked this up at the local Salvation Army for dirt cheap. Immediately noticed the 700C rims and forged dropouts and bought it without hesitation. I gave it a good cleaning and need to throw a...
  23. Well, I'm down to one and I don't get to ride...

    Well, I'm down to one and I don't get to ride nearly as much as most of you, but I plan on putting as many miles on this one as I have time.
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    That's crazy. I live in the country where riding...

    That's crazy. I live in the country where riding to work means a 20 mile trip one way, with some really serious mile+ hills over the interstate (which is illegal to ride on anyway). Sometimes I envy...
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    Me and the Mrs. have had this debate a few times....

    Me and the Mrs. have had this debate a few times. She rides a beach cruiser, and our last outing was pretty one sided with me on my Voyageur. We don't try to set any speed records, but it was obvious...
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